Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles
Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.
Friday, August 11, 2017
More of the view from the farm!
Would you find this anywhere else? lol Probably not!
Now you know what us shepherds see everyday...
Update on the yarns...Penny had a sensational week last week, selling out after several different customers picked her yarn out of the rows and rows of pretty colors! That has never happened before, and we are truly amazed by how that went! We also put several skeins of Beatrice out last week and she too sold fast, so we are hoping to have more on the table soon! Awaiting labels are Beatrice's Violets plus Orange, as well as ewe Poppy's Buttercream and a lovely Lake Michigan type green from Minty. New needle colors have been added, and we are working on new displays, so come on by to check out what's new, as things are changing every week!
Tonight, the shepherdess was soaking in the beauty of the evening, for something special happened. Do you ever have a moment where something everyday just seems so beautiful for some reason? We have a lot of those moments here, but tonight, one happened that will forever be in our minds. As the sun was moving low in the sky, we let the horses out for an evening gallop. (There are two horses living on Wheely Wooly Farm...Carumba the whinnying pretty girl, and Calipso...arguably the cutest pony in the whole wide world.) As the horses flew out around a fence and headed for their favorite galloping space, their hooves beat a lovely sound on the ground. Calipso, who has white socks on all four legs, was galloping the most beautiful little dressage gallop, all centered and balanced, head perfectly placed. He flew across air, light, effortless, and glowing from the angled rays of the sun, with his white socks flashing in the prettiest way! His long mane gracefully flew back and he seemed so free, so happy!! We all stopped what we were doing and just watched, speechless. Time seemed to stop for a bit as he galloped to the end of the pasture, turned, and galloped back, then turned and galloped some more. The sound of his hooves perfect cadence, his body light, his socks so flashy! When he finally settled into some grazing and a good roll, kicking his hooves high above his body, we cracked up at his pure delight in the evening! The amazing thing is...he's 30 years old and an old man! He has no teeth left at the end of his mouth with which to pull off grass anymore. He limps from time to time, stiff from age. Yet, on such a beautiful night, he got to gallop long and free. Truly beautiful, a moment passed that will never be forgotten.